No matter what time of the year or day, weddings are automatically a truly magical occasion. You’re committing to the one you love more than anyone else in the entire world in front of your family and friends. You’re able to customize the entire day to your liking. And, whether you openly admit it or not, there’s something fun about all of the attention being on you and yours.
But having a wedding and/or reception on New Year’s Eve?! It truly doesn’t get any better than that!
Whether you decide to have an intimate wedding in the daytime, an all-out formal affair at night, or you’re thinking about eloping or getting married in your home and then throwing a reception to ring in the New Year, here are some finishing touches that will make your reception one of the best. Hands down.
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If there’s a signature color theme for a New Year’s Eve reception, it would probably be midnight blue or black paired with metallics. It makes sense since New Year’s Eve gets to really jumping at nighttime and on a clear night, you can see the stars. Metallics are bright, cheerful and, if you don’t overdo it, add a touch of class in an expensive-yet-elegant kind of way.
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There’s no way you can have a REAL reception without some great music and dancing. First, hire one of the best DJs in your area to play hits that will keep everyone out on the floor. Next, request that they do a countdown to the New Year in the moments leading into midnight. And finally, don’t forget to add some disco balls! It can be a large one above the floor, or you can create some disco ball lanterns to be you centerpieces. Click here to learn how.
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Metallics are actually a big trend for 2016-2017, so a metallic cake fits right on in. Even if you’d prefer to go with another color scheme for the décor, at least consider metallics for your wedding cake. It’s super eye-catching and perfect for pictures.
Cotton Candy Champagne
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New Year’s Eve is when you need to be as festive as possible! Something that is a lot of fun to make and drink is Cotton Candy Champagne. It’s really easy to make. Just put a piece of cotton candle into a flute, pour some champagne over it, let the candy dissolve and drink. A non-alcoholic alternative is to swap out sparkling water for the champagne.
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You’re going to want to have pictures to commemorate the night. Candids are the best! Get a photo booth. Or, if money is tight, create a backdrop that people can stand in front of. Maybe some tulle with strings of lights cascading over it. Another idea? Ask your guests to film quickie messages to the two of you and email them to an account set-up just for your wedding day/reception. You can shout them out on your wedding website or personal social media accounts.
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OF COURSE you need to have a bar! It can be an open bar or something with a collection of favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. You could even create a drink with a special name and offer it to your guests. The key is to have a bartender who is willing to work until around 2-3am. Sure midnight marks the New Year, but that doesn’t mean the party should end then. (Double-check Uber, Lyft and taxi working hours too.)
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NYE or not, we think that every bride and groom should have a resolution wall. It’s basically just what you imagine. Create a wall with note cards and envelopes where your guests can recommend resolutions that you and your spouse should make going into the New Year. Or, they can offer up things to put on a newlywed bucket list too.
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Rice isn’t the healthiest for birds (if you’re going to throw it outside) and flowers? They don’t quite suit the day. What fits? CONFETTI! It’s a nice touch if these are metallic too. Click here to learn how to make some of your own.
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They’re bright, but they’re also super romantic. The only other time when sparklers work is Fourth of July. During a wedding reception, it’s not only celebratory, but something that makes pictures come to life! Out of all the things mentioned, this is a MUST-HAVE.
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Your wedding dress is going to be show-stopping, we’re pretty sure. But why not use a NYE wedding reception as an opportunity to be a fashion plate? Look for a party dress that has some glitz or glam. Maybe something that has sequins or a short lil’ number so that you can dance the night away. It’s the final touch to a what-we-know-will-be perfect New Year’s Eve reception. Enjoy!!!